TOMSK, Aug 14 – RIA Tomsk. More than 50 musicians from Russia and France take part in the international festival of accordionists, which will be held for the first time in "Okolitsa" rural park near Tomsk within Ax Day, the press service of the regional administration said. The best performer get "expensive" Tula harmonica, the vice governor Andrey Knorr explained RIA Tomsk.
Earlier it was reported that the XII international festival of national crafts "Ax Day" will take place from August 20 to August 25 in the rural park "Okolitsa" near Tomsk (village of Zorkaltsevo). In 2019 applications for the competition of carvers and carpenters arrived from 200 masters from 38 countries of the world.
According to the press service, within the framework of the Ax Day from August 23 to 25, the first international festival of accordionists will be held. Performances of musicians will take place at workshops.
"More than 50 accordion players, including Buch Frederic Nicolas and Noton Jean-Louis from France, as well as musicians from St. Petersburg, Kabardino-Balkaria, Penza region, Udmurtia, Komi-Permyak Okrug, Tatarstan and other regions of Russia have confirmed their participation in it", - is said in the message said.
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It is specified that a master class in bayan and accordion at the festival of harmonists will be conducted by Pavel Ukhanov, the teacher of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music. In addition, Russian folk and Soviet songs together with the public will be performed by Honored Artist of Russia accordion player Valery Syomin.
As the vice governor Knorr specified to RIA Tomsk, about 100 musicians initially responded to the invitation to take part in the festival. However, for example, Italians did not manage to get visas.
“We don’t have such a festival in Russia. This year it’s a “bomb”, I think. It’s harmonic and bayan, accordionists will not be there ... We want to give the best musicians a good harmonic, expensive, which a person will not allow himself to buy - of our Tula production", - he said, without specifying the cost of the tool.